Asia Pacific 'opportunities are there for the taking.'

 Asia Pacific 'opportunities are there for the taking.'

 

Collaborations between Cumbria and the Asia Pacific region may emerge following a trip by the University of Cumbria’s newly appointed director of industrial strategy.

Professor Andy Gale met with members of the British Chamber of Commerce in Singapore where he discussed areas of interest which could benefit the country and university.

“Singapore is very keen on brands but also understands when organisations have niche capability,” Professor Gale said. “Areas where we have specialist knowledge, such as health, security and criminology, could well be of interest in Singapore.”

It’s hoped the visit will lead to the kind of collaborations that have been established between other universities. Nanyang Technology University has enjoyed a strong association with Manchester which Professor Gale was instrumental in developing.

During his visit he spoke to 60 masters students studying MSc project management as well as guests from the oil and gas, aerospace, construction, offshore and ship building sectors. The 11th student cohort has just started and Professor Gale received an award in recognition of his work to develop the blended learning degree.

Speaking from Singapore Professor Gale said: “I think the University of Cumbria can help promote Cumbria to the Asia Pacific region through the door that is Singapore; I have been working into Singapore for nearly 10 years now and the opportunities are there for the taking.”